Decorating With Art: Picture Books

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I decorate my home with art, aka picture books.

I keep my decorating simple, and I mostly change the decor and art with the major seasons, with a few extra holidays thrown in.

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What’s your decorating style? Do you use picture books in your decor? If so, how do you display them? Do you have favorite artists/illustrators?

25 comments

  1. Marcia Strykowski

    I have picture books on display, but hadn’t thought to put them in other rooms, aside from my little library. My latest post discusses my all-time favorite picture books. Thanks for sharing your awesome idea!

  2. Jane Heitman Healy

    Ditto what yetteejo said. What a cool idea! I have some little books, about 2 x 2, that I put out at Christmas time, but I had not thought about using books as decorations in other ways. You’ve inspired me!

    • Deb Watley

      I started decorating with Christmas books, and then I realized I could use other holiday/seasonal books, too. I’m curious about your 2 x 2 books. What are they? How do you display them? I’ve considered cutting up or making copies of picture book pages and framing them, but I’ve haven’t gone that far yet.

      • Amy Houts

        For picture books, I love Mortimer’s Christmas Manger, about a little mouse who takes up residence in a creche. Also, The Sparkle Box, and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey. How about you?

        • Deb Watley

          Those are all new to me! I’m especially drawn to the Mortimer and Jonathan Toomey books. I have an oversized version of the Frosty the Snowman, and a tiny, abridged version of Tolkien’s Father Christmas letters. My kids really loved Piper’s Night Before Christmas; Robert Sabuda’s pop up Night Before Christmas; Snowmen at Night; and Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear.

        • Amy Houts

          I’ll have to look for your recommendations. Of course, I know Frosty, but the others are new to me, too! I wish I had written the Mortimer book–it’s so precious. The Jonathan Toomey book makes me tear up. See what you think of the Sparkle Box. It is advertised as having the “power to change Christmas,” and helps kids to know the true meaning.

        • Deb Watley

          Will do! One of the Amazon reviewers said she read the first few pages of Jonathan Toomey in a store and already started tearing up. She quickly bought it and then waited to get home to read the rest so she wouldn’t cry in public. 🙂

  3. Mary Louise Sanchez

    We have a room in our basement that we call the French Room. It was inspired by a bedspread from Kohl’s that looked very French Provencal. We continued the French theme and I have some Madeline books in there. Our computer room is decorated with all kinds of children’s book characters sitting on top of the built in cupboards. A large Hungry Caterpillar sits on top of my printer.The characters give me inspiration to write! I also have framed children’s book stamps in the room, along with a print by Edward Gonzales (who illustrated Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto). My favorite author/illustrator is Tomie DePaoloa. I’d love to own one of his originals.

    • Deb Watley

      I like your French-themed room! And the Hungry Caterpillar is one of my favorite board books. How long ago were the children’s books on postal stamps? That’s a great idea to have them framed! Did you ever collect stamps as a kid? I did and was even in a stamp-collecting club in school. I also love the idea of buying and displaying prints by illustrators. Did you know that years ago originals by illustrators were considered basically trash? I saw an art exhibit of originals that had been collected by a woman who wrote and asked the illustrators for donations. They’d sent them to her because their originals weren’t considered valuable enough for the publishers or anyone else to save.

  4. Amy Houts

    Deb, So glad you read and enjoyed The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey! I reread it the other day. I felt so much sympathy for the man who lost his wife and baby–the whole situation–it made the ending sweeter.

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